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>>> next on "this week in defense news," a roundtable discussion about the future of u.s. military energy use with >>> welcome to "this week in defense news." i'm vago muradian. the u.s. military is the world's largest user of energy. last year consuming some 5 billion gallons of fuel at a cost of nearly $13 billion, 255% more than it spent in 1997. equally important is that protecting that fuel has cost lives. in afghanistan alone, the defense logistics agency is moving 40 million gallons of fuel each month in convoys that have to be defended against attacks. between 2003 and 2007 alone, 3,000 soldiers and contractors were killed or wounded protecting fuel supply lines in iraq and afghanistan. those casualties spurred a major pentagon tribe to develop alternative energy sources while also improving the energy efficiency from everything from future weapons. culminating in the first-ever d.o.d. strategy aim at changing how the department thinks and uses energy. october is energy awareness month and we figured this would be a good idea to get some of the pentagon's top energy minds
the u.s. army. the man charged with shaping the service's future over the next four years is general ray odierno who became the 38th army chief of staff last month and faces the simultaneous challenges of fighting a war, shrinking his force of to 570,000 and modernizing his wide range of inventory. i caught up with him at the army trade show and conference in washington last week and asked him what he and his fellow chiefs expects from the new strategy review. >> i think part of it is we want a strategy-driven review where the joint chiefs work together to come up with a joint force that will be able to meet the needs of the future. so what we'll work through is what are the priorities within the strategy and how does that translate into end strength modernization and readiness. >> do you have any idea any of the broad strokes, i mean, for example, do we say with the 2mrc strategy? >> we're still working our way through that. i think as we move forward we'll have to do an adjustment or strategy. we're looking at all options now and that will be part of the outcome. it'll be a change in o
to this week in defense news, i'm vago muradian. it's a time for the u.s. troops to come home from europe. the commander of army forces in europe tells us why not. but first, the key to u.s. troops leaving afghanistan by 2014 is the successful training of the afghan army and police. under the current plan, 195,000 afghan army troops and 157,000 police are said to be trained by november 2012. it goes far beyond training troops and supporting logistics as well as building newed buildings. our next guess is in charge of more than $11 billion in annual spending, roughly $3 billion for new equipment, $3 billion more infrastructure, $3 billion for sustaining forces and $1 billion in training for afghan forces. pete fuller is in town this week for meetings and joins us now. general fuller, welcome to the show. >> thank you for inviting me. >> let's start with that you've got $11 billion in budget. what does that buy in each of the categories and how long is u.s. and nato going to spend this kind of money to train on air forces? >> well, we are at the high water mark fiscal year 2011. next year,
years what capabilities and therefore we could perhaps help raf to help us out with in that time. that was one of the areas where we thought we could take risk against the requirement. if we now move into the requirement, and i will just point out, actually what our defense you said is when we no longer needed the r-1, we would then look to dispose of it. i think what has proven in both afghanistan and in libya where the whole fleet has been airborn e at one time and the flexibility of that system between both theaters that actually that central r-1 capability has proven its worth time and time again. so ik we will have to look -- i think we will have to look very hard at what we to to ensure to continue to have the capability and what that means in terms of that particular platform. in terms, of course, the nimrod r-1, we are very much clear and we have very much committed to the concept of buying three of the rj135 programs, air seeker program that will give us the ability to contribute to, but also have a unique capability that within an overall picture when everything we have
management experience. ms. mcgrath, thanks very much for joining us. >> thanks very much for having me. >> let's start out, you've been on the job for about a year, what have you accomplished and what do you hope to finish in the remainder of your term? >> i think that to your point about the congress establishing the role of chief management officer last year was very significant and really a highlight of some of the activities and statutory requirements they've levied on the defense department, really, since 2005, so i watched throughout that time frame more and more progress and a business pace towards achieving greater efficiencies and effectiveness and i would say entirely across the board from personal readiness types of activities to the way we acquire information technology, logistics management. it's really been quite significant, again, given the time and focus of the congress. >> what are some of the top priorities that you're trying to drive forward? >> in fact, last week the deputy secretary assigned out the latest strategic management plan which is the business plan tied
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